‘Elvis’ makes cathedral’s worship a box office hit

Telegraph | News | ‘Elvis’ makes cathedral’s worship a box office hit
More evidence of the Anglican Community’s fall away from true Christianity. Scared music is supposed to be that: sacred. Now, Elvis is about as close as any popular artist will get to divinity, but focusing on this King, we should focus on the true King.

Some of the congregation wore T-shirts paying tribute to “the King”, clutched programmes with Elvis’s face on them and sang and clapped throughout the 75-minute service, which was led by an impersonator, Johnny Cowling.

From the description in the article, do you really think the attendees were focused on Christ the King, instead of the King of Rock and Roll?

However, the cathedral, which has also conducted Sunday evening worship through country and western music, jazz and poetry, has a problem – how do you follow Elvis?

Mr Reid said: “The Elvis event far exceeded expectations and dwarfed attendance for the jazz and country and western, but the question is where do you go from here? You can’t beat Elvis.”

He added: “This seemed to really work, so we are going for something more adventurous, which does not include music. The plans are still being considered.”

Future services could include film, meditation and meals, he said.

Hey, I’ve got a radical idea! How about…worshipping God?

Hat Tip: The Cafeteria is Closed

UPDATE: From the comments of the post I saw the link from:

Coincidently, I just saw a PBS program about Elvis and his great love for Gospel music and they mentioned that at a concert he gave there was a line of women that stood up and had a gigantic banner that said “Elvis is King” They said that he stopped the concert and told them he was not the king and that Jesus Christ was. They said that the women were embarrasssed and immediately sat down.

That’s a good story.

More Evidence that Abortion isn’t about making sure every child is a wanted child

group of 30 feminists led a march to the Catholic University of La Plata on Tuesday attacking it’s rector for offering to adopt a baby who was saved from abortion last week.

The march was the latest chapter in the case of a mentally handicapped woman who became pregnant supposedly through rape and whose parents asked the courts to allow her to obtain an abortion. After lower courts ruled against them, the Supreme Court of the Buenos Aires province granted the parents’ request. During the court hearings, several individuals offered to adopt the baby, including the rector of the Catholic University of La Plata, Ricardo de la Torre, who spoke out in defense of both the life of the baby and the mother.

Feminists attack Catholic University over rector’s offer to adopt unwanted baby

Hat Tip: American Papist

How the Infallibility of the Magisterium Protects Us

If there is any dogma that sticks in the craw of non-Catholics, it is the dogma of papal infallibility. “How” ask many, “can Catholics actually believe that any human being is incapable of error?”

But what about the human authors of sacred Scripture? The Gospel narratives are quite frank about the foibles of Peter, Paul, and the rest. But all Christians believe that their writings come not from them, but were inspired by the Holy Spirit. In all that they teach us about God and His plan for our salvation, they are therefore “inerrant.”

But sometimes it is hard to precisely identify what all bishops of the world agree upon in their daily teaching. So when serious doctrinal disputes arose in the early Church, councils of bishops gathered to settle things.

These special councils were called “ecumenical” from the Greek word for “household.” They dealt with matters pertaining to the whole household of the faith and represented all the bishops of the world. Hence their judgments, once confirmed by the pope, were considered binding on the whole Christian family. Some of their pronouncements had to do with discipline, and so are not binding on all generations. Some of their teaching was doctrinal, pertaining to faith and morals, but was presented in an ordinary way. But sometimes the council fathers engaged the fullness of their apostolic authority and issued solemn dogmatic definitions in which they fundamentally guaranteed that a certain truth is revealed by God. They usually make crystal clear their intent to define a dogma by strongly condemning contradictory teachings and noting that those who hold such heretical opinions have put themselves outside the Church.

From about the 9th century, we can document a widespread belief that dogmatic decrees by ecumenical councils are infallible in light of the assistance given to the council fathers by the Holy Spirit (see Acts 15:28).

But what if a council could not be called in time to respond to a crisis? Would it remain up for grabs how we should interpret the Scriptures and identify the authentic apostolic Tradition?

Medieval theologians said no. They saw the special assistance given to Peter by the Spirit in Matthew 16:16. They noted the extraordinary track record of the popes of the first millennium in upholding orthodoxy even when many of the great bishops and patriarchs from around the world fell into heresy. Many concluded that the successor of Peter is assisted by the Spirit in a particular way. If he should teach ex cathedra (literally “from the chair” of Peter), engaging the fullness of his apostolic teaching authority on a matter pertaining to faith and morals, his judgment is indeed infallible. From about the 12th century this became a widespread opinion and was defined as dogma by the First Vatican Council in 1870.

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Fangraphs

This is a very interesting site. Pick almost any baseball game you want and it will provide you a graph showing each team’s probability of winning throughout the game and which moements in the game were critical, ahcing the most impact on that game’s final outcome.

Here’s Friday’s Phillies game. It shows you that the Reds had the game locked up in the eighth, but blew it.

Very interesting site. I’m sure I’ll be spending a lot of time there.